Calm is the leading mental health brand, on a mission to support everyone on every step of their mental health journey. With the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, Calm’s transformational mindfulness content supports users across seven languages in more than 190 countries.

What We Do:

Calm’s engineering organization mission is to build a global, trusted, mental health, technology platform. Our platform is:

  • Accessible – anytime, anywhere, any device
  • Engaging – intuitive, friendly, robust
  • Flexible – fast, easy to use, easy to deploy

What You’ll Do:

As a member of Calm’s engineering organization leadership team, you will:

  • Create a technical strategy for ML/AI, Data Science, and Data Eng at Calm
  • Create a technical strategy for shared infrastructure and services that are shared across Calm
  • Work with engineering peers, product and business stakeholders to align on the requirements and business needs
  • Manage the engineering teams, own the budget for the team, remove roadblocks, own the execution and quality
  • Partner with your engineering peers and the CTO to solve engineering-wide problems
  • Manage and grow the engineering organization: You will expand, up-level, and manage engineers (people managers and individual contributors), including those embedded on other teams
  • Give the team clear performance objectives and goals, offer effective feedback and coach them in their ongoing development
  • Use the engineering process and tools to make week-to-week execution effective, transparent and predictable. Ensure our process works for us — prioritization, estimates, deadlines, expectation-setting, road mapping, and so on
  • Identify the open questions in our approach to architecture and technology, and work across Calm engineering to document on an effective approach
  • Nurture an evolvable architecture that nimbly supports product and business expansion
  • Take the lead on defining and rolling out several engineering organization processes or practices over course
  • Understand the “buy vs build” tradeoff, and make strategic judgments about where to invest the team’s resources architecturally
  • Work with senior leadership to get aligned with company-wide goals, and then use this context to prioritize backend initiatives appropriately

Who You Are:

  • 15+ years of professional software engineering experience
  • Strong organization-building background with a focus on innovation, infrastructure development, and team motivation & building
  • Demonstrated track record of recruiting, managing, motivating, and retaining a multi-site global engineering team including contractors
  • High level of executive presence demonstrated by the ability to act as the company’s technical representative to cross-functional leadership
  • You have managed teams of 50+ for at least 5 years
  • You have a proven record and experience in AI/ML, Data Eng and Data Science (5+ years on the Director or VP level)
  • You have built and operated teams that own shared infrastructure and services utilized by multiple product lines (5+ years on the Director or VP level)=
  • You understand how to build architecture and scale it. Proven record of scaling services
  • You have a track record of execution
  • You are willing to get your hands dirty, it is a startup after all

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Growth mindset: receives feedback easily and incorporates it quickly
  • Proactive executor: thoughtful in approach and decisive in decisions
  • Pragmatic: balance scrappiness and rigor
  • Ability to attract, manage and develop strong engineers
  • Great technical communicator
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong technical architecture and leadership
  • Strong product and architectural instincts


  • Healthcare experience
  • Startup experience

The anticipated salary range for this position is $325,000 – $375,000.

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